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Miso Chicken Marinade

I’ve been searching for an easy chicken marinade that will give me enough flavor that I can eat it alone, or with a simple side, like grilled vegetables. The missing link was white (or light) miso paste. Miso is a Japanese fermented soybean paste, that provides that often sought after fifth flavor – umami. It’s […]

Drinks, Easy, Light

Cucumber, Basil & Gin Cocktail – 2 ways

For those in Wisconsin, this summer has been pathetic. It’s already August and there have only been a handful of days that make you so hot, the only thing you wish you had was an ice-cold drink. Well, to make up for mother nature’s shortcomings, I’ve starting enjoying those ice-cold refreshers anyway. Here’s an easy […]

Healthy, Light, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetarian

Herbed Quinoa

In an effort to use my herbs from the garden, I’ve come up with this simple side dish that is light and brightly flavored. You could use any combination of herbs you have – here’s the selection I chose. Herbed Quinoa 1-1/2 c quinoa, rinsed 2 c chicken stock 1 c water 1 medium yellow […]

Grilling, Healthy, Light, Sauce

Chimichurri

My herb garden has exploded, and I need to make use of it. I’ve been searching for new ideas that aren’t boring, which is harder than it sounds. Nothing tastes better than a grilled steak on a summer night, but it’s better with a fresh and easy chimichurri spooned over top. Add a crusty piece […]

Dinner, Italian, Light

Mussels alla Diavola

I recently went to the allergist to find out exactly what shellfish I had to stay away from, and I got easily some of the best news of my life: I can eat anything but shrimp, lobster and crab. Since I’ve never had anything but shrimp, I’m on a mission to try it all. So […]

Easy, Healthy, Light, Soup

Italian Sausage, Cannellini Bean & Kale Soup

There are times when you crave Italian flavors but don’t want pasta. This soup fits the bill, and is surprisingly filling. The added bonus is that it couldn’t be easier or faster. 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 links hot Italian sausage 2 links mild Italian sausage 2 medium yellow onions* 5 cloves of […]

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